There’s always the challenge of staying healthy, but at this point Mitchell has to re-learn almost everything he once had mastered. His teammates say he’s staying loose through the process, and his offensive coordinator says he’s getting there.
“He’s still getting back in the groove of things,” Mike Bobo said. “He’s a guy that hadn’t played in 15 months and it’s kind of back to the drawing board a little bit. There’s no denying he has ability. We’re still going to try and find ways to get him the ball in space and see what he can do, but he’s still coming along as a receiver and running how to run routes again and the techniques of understanding coverage and attacking leverages. I think it’s going to be an ongoing process and he’ll get better every week. If he’ll continue to improve we’ll have a chance to become more dangerous on offense.”
Mitchell has seven catches for 38 yards in the two games he’s played this season.
A challenge for Georgia’s offense in the majority of the past two seasons was playing without the Valdosta native. Now its challenge is playing without suspended tailback Todd Gurley. Coaches face these issues all too often, though. Coaching is hard enough; even when have your full roster active.
“That’s your challenge as a coach every week – getting your guys ready to play on Saturdays, whether you lose a guy or not,” Bobo said. “It’s hard for 18 to 22-year-olds to focus and realize that every game is a big game and every team you’re going to play has a chance to beat you, and that’s where we’re at week in and week out.”